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Come And Ride With Us!
Cream City Cycle Club is a Milwaukee-based bike
club with more than 120 active members. CCCC is locally renowned for our
schedule of weekly Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday group rides, many overnight
camping rides, and our annual Century Classic ride, now in its 31st
are suitable for beginning recreational riders and veteran long distance riders
alike. Our rides start from convenient Milwaukee metro locations as well as
more rural ride starts, and range from 20 miles to 100+ distances during the
CCCC works with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and is a member of the League of
American Bicyclists. We support local bicycling advocacy and cycling-oriented
Benefits of membership:
- participate in scenic and challenging bike routes
gain proficiency as a cyclist
friendship and camaraderie
safety and support on longer rides
- news of upcoming cycling events and bicycling lore
discounts at local bike shops
Ride Leader Signup Instructions
CCCC Ride Leader Sign-Up
To volunteer to be a Ride Leader on a CCCC ride, click on the button below to send an email to the Ride Committee. Be sure to note the Ride Name, Ride Date, and Distance you want to lead, and your contact information, if it isn't in the CCCC Member Directory.
Current ride policy is that if a Ride Leader is not assigned to an upcoming ride by 3:00 p.m. of the Sunday preceding the ride date, the ride will be CANCELLED!
July Cream City Cycle Club Meeting At Ben's Cyclery, Tuesday July 29
Make sure you don’t miss the July Cream City Cycle Club meeting, because it promises to be thought-provoking. We’ll have some of Ben’s top personnel tell us about how to be more effective while cycling, as well as challenging us to get up to peak performance.
Brian Musha will also be challenging us to commit to working the Century. He’ll be looking for volunteers to do a number of important things to ensure its success. The July club meeting will be earlier than usual.
We’ll begin our meeting with our guest speakers at 6:30 p.m. and will follow that with refreshments and our monthly business meeting.
See you on Tuesday July 29th at 6:30 p.m. at Ben’s Cycles at 1018 W. Lincoln Ave. Milwaukee at 6:30 p.m. Limited parking is available in the adjacent parking lot. On-street parking is ample.
Annual Bike Club Coalition Picnic Is Coming Sunday, August 3!!!
The annual Coalition picnic with all three local bike clubs, Bay View, Spring City, and Cream City, is just around the corner. Save the date of Sunday August 3rd and join us for both a ride and picnic afterwards.
There will be three rides to choose from including a 50 mile ride which begins at 8:00 a.m., a 33 mile ride which begins at 9:00 a.m. and finally a 23 mile ride which begins at 9:30 a.m. This all takes place at Heg Memorial Park (South Shelter) from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Heg Park is located at 6300 Heg Park Rd., Wind Lake WI.
The Bay View Bike club, which is hosting this year's ride, will provide plates, utensils, soda, water, as well as a meat entree. You must either bring a dish to pass or pay $10 to pay expenses. Please let BVBC needs to estimate out how much food to prepare and purchase ahead of time, so please let Harriet Pfersch know whether you will attend, and what dish or snacks you are bringing. This picnic is great every year! Come share your experiences and picnic with fellow cyclists in the area. See you there!
My City Bikes Introduces Smartphone Cycling Apps
My City Bikes is a public health project to benefit communities across the United States and Canada by providing a simple mobile resource to encourage cycling. Whether for fun, fitness or transportation, My City Bikes serves as a definitive guide to each participating community’s cycling opportunities. Local bike shops in cities across North America are bringing My City Bikes to their home towns to empower individuals to improve their physical and environmental health by simply pedaling a bike.
There are Milwaukee and other cities iPhone and Android smartphone apps available for download from iTunes and the Google Playstore at: http://mycitybikes.org/
Check them out and see if you find them useful and worthwhile.
Bike Share Kiosks To Set Up Around Milwaukee This Summer
By Megan Trimble of the Journal Sentinel
Several bike share kiosks are set to pop up across Milwaukee this summer. Midwest BikeShare Inc., a nonprofit organization pushing to bring bike sharing to Milwaukee, aims to install six to eight pilot bike share stations within the next few months, according to Kevin Hardman, launch director. Hardman said the group plans to release more specific plans with locations and partnering funders next month. The group is working with the city to determine the locations, but Hardman said there will be kiosks located in the central business district.
The organization set out to create a bike share program modeled after existing programs in other cities, including Madison and Minneapolis. The program allows people to rent bicycles for short trips and return them to any kiosk in the city. Each kiosk has about 10 bikes, depending on where bikes are returned.
Milwaukee has one kiosk, though expansion plans have been in the works for nearly two years.
The Common Council's Public Works Committee approved a resolution for the project in July 2012, directing the Milwaukee Department of City Development and the Department of Public Works to help Midwest BikeShare develop the program. The program was projected to be in place as soon as spring 2013, pending full council approval.
The program debuted in the city last July with a 10-bike rental kiosk opening at Discovery World on the lakefront. The kiosk operates as a demonstration site to illustrate the process because it is currently a single station and not part of a bike share network. Read more at:
Western Wisconsin's 400 State Trail Draws Thousands of Cyclists
By Brian E. Clark, Special to the Journal Sentinel
After Kathy De Nure tumbled down some stairs and broke her arm a decade ago, she was reluctant to get back on her bicycle.
"I'm a musician, and I didn't want to risk any further damage," said De Nure, who represents Wonewoc on the board of the Friends of the 400 State Trail, a 22-mile-long bicycle route that runs along the scenic and free-flowing Baraboo River in Juneau and Sauk counties. For two years, she reluctantly went without riding.
"I couldn't stand not getting out on a bike," she said. So De Nure traded in her conventional, two-wheeled cycle for a more stable, low-riding three-wheeled Sun trike and ever since has been happily cruising the former rail line-turned hiking/cycling path that is just blocks from her home in Wonewoc.
She's not alone. Each year, as many as 40,000 cyclists take a spin on this relatively flat trail of crushed limestone on the old Chicago & Northwestern Railroad line. The trail's depot and starting point is in Reedsburg. It then runs through La Valle, Wonewoc and Union Center before ending in Elroy. Each of the towns is four to seven miles from the next.
In Elroy, the 400 joins the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, which runs 32 miles and travels through several tunnels. That trail connects with the La Crosse River State Trail at Sparta, which goes for an additional 22 miles. The last route in the link is the Great River State Trail, which is 24 miles long and ends near Trempealeau.
All together, these trails total 100 miles.
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• Dinners: 3
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• Daily rides with ride map
• Support vehicle for each day’s featured ride
• Two Trek Travel water bottles
Lock Your Bike!!!
Spring is finally here and with that, comes the start of riding season. As cyclists dust off their bikes for the first ride of the season, they should be sure to grab all of their gear – including a good quality bike lock. Bicycle theft is an unfortunate occurrence and an increasing trend these past few years, and cyclists from the US are no exception.
According to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, from 2007 to 2011, bicycle theft in the United States rose (on average) 14% each year. On average, over 188,500 bicycle thefts are reported stolen each year in the United States, a statistic that in itself is staggering when one also considers the number of bicycle thefts that go unreported.
Some US cities are starting to fight back against bicycle theft. In San Francisco, the city issued its first ever official look at the bike theft problem in 2013 and issued a goal to reduce bicycle theft in the city by at least 50% over the next 5 years. The city also created a bike registry to help combat the 70% rise in bicycle thefts since 2006. In both Los Angeles and San Diego, law enforcement is starting to fight back against bike theft by placing bikes with hidden GPS technology around the city and beach areas in hopes of catching a bike thief. In Boston, MBTA Transit Police created two-life sized cardboard
cutouts of police offers and placed them in two busy bike rack cages at Alewife Station to help prevent theft.
“It’s amazing how easily a bike can be stolen,” says Audrey Hanken, President of Markel Personal Lines Insurance. “We hear stories about bicycles being stolen from locked bike racks, cars, or even directly outside of their homes. We have also heard about thieves targeting hotels during bicycle road races, looking for opportunities to grab expensive bikes and run.”
New 2014 Wednesday Rides Scheduled!
Cream City Cycle Club rides are scheduled on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The June and July rides are on the calendar, and the schedule is filled out to mid-September. Each ride leader chooses his/her starting point, which is usually at a café or restaurant. The ride length is usually between 25 and 35 miles and is a “no drop” ride. Riders stay together, keep a comfortable pace, and check out the scenery. Cue sheets are are provided.
May 14 Jane Stoltz - South Milwaukee County - Sheridan's
May 21 William Dames - Sturdevant - Route 20 Outhouse Restaurant
May 28 Sharon Kliegman Nancy Notley - Fresh Eco Cafe - Mequon Pavilion Shopping Center
June 4 - Renee Couture - Peachtree Restaurant - New Berlin
June 11 - Bill Dames - Elm Grove
June 18 Glenn Pastella - Cedarburg
June 25 - John Chaplock - Hales Corners - Open Flame Grill
July 2 - Mike Sommers - Hubertus - Crossroads Restaurant
July 9 Don Kuehni - Butler - Butler Inn
July 16 - Jane Gellman - Big Cedar Lake - Cookout Lunch
July 23 - Glenn Pastella - Hubertus - Crossroads Restaurant
July 30 Renee Couture - TBD
August 6 Mark Steckhahn - Hubertus - Crossroads Restaurant
August 13 Jane Stoltz - Vermond Park - Pt Wash Deli
August 20 Jane Gellman - TBD
August 27 Glenn Pastella - Cedarburg - Covered Bridge Park
Sept 3 - John Chaplock - Hales Corners - Ferch's Grille
Sept 10 Don Kuehni - TBD
Oct 8 Mike Sommers - Hubertus - Crossroads Restaurant
See the Ride and Event Calendar and Wed Ride Listings pages for detailed information.
Mobile Milwaukee Bike Map Now Available
Posted by Doug Shidell, March 17th , 2014. on Bikeverywhere.com
The Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin Bike Map is now available for your phone or tablet. Called the SE Wisconsin Bike Map, it covers bike routes and trails in SE Wisconsin from the Illinois border to Port Washington and as far west as the South Kettle Moraine. With this map you can comfortably navigate from Milwaukee’s Downtown to the upscale tourist town of Lake Geneva or the Kettle Moraine.
Explore the Oak Leaf Trail, Glacial Drumlin Trail, Ozaukee Interurban Trail, Hank Aaron Trail plus dozens of smaller trails and hundreds of miles of bicycle friendly roads. Version 1.0 is a prototype. The routes and trails are current, but it still needs some tweaks and design work. This version is free for testing and feedback. Please send comments through bikeverywhere.com.
Get the App, Get the Map.
1. Go to the App store or Google Play and search for “Avenza.”
2. Download the free app. You only have to do this once.
3. Then go to the Avenza Map Store by opening the App and clicking the “store” icon at the bottom of the page.
4. Search for “Bikeverywhere” in the search box. You will see all the maps developed so far by Bikeverywhere.
I’m looking to make this the best bike map you will ever use on your phone. Your feedback will help me make the improvements that you want the most.
Cream City Cycle Club 2014 Century Classic Coming August 24
The 2014 CCCC Century Classic will be scheduled on Sunday, August 24th, one week before the Labor Day weekend.
The Century Classic has been a 30 year long tradition, and it was in danger of being cancelled for 2014. However, a new Century Committee has volunteered to plan and operate the event, so thanks are due to Brian Musha, Tim McAdams, and Ken Werley for stepping up to take charge of the many tasks and duties necessary to producing the 2014 Century. Watch this website for further news, and an opportunity for all CCCC members to volunteer for event registration, rest stop helper, sag driver, and other roles needed to make the 2014 CCCC Century Classic a big success!
Cream City CC Buy & Sell Shoppe
FOR SALE Burley Duet Tandem – Red - $1,300
Wide range of gearing suitable for both Climbing and Fast Cruising
Front gears 27 – 53, Rear Cassette 14 - 35
Avid Caliper Brakes, Arai Drum Brake
Shimano Ultegra STI Shifters
Separate Computers for Captain & Stoker
48 Spoke Front & Rear Wheels
Front handlebar - Drop handlebar
Stoker handlebar - Flat upright handlebar
Contact Lee or Mary Fiegel @ 262-363-2679 (land line)
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CCCC Website Handy Tip #1
Here's an easy way to open the CCCC Ride & Events Calendar with one click, right from your Windows Desktop. (Sorry, Mac users, you'll have to do this with a Mac function).
1. Right click anywhere on your PC desktop.
2. Select New > Shortcut from the popup menu.
3. In the Create Shortcut window that opens, in the field labeled "Type the location of the item: then enter "http://www.creamcitycycleclub.com/calendar" (without the quotes).
4. Then click the Next button at bottom right of the window.
5. Type a name for the new shortcut, like "CCCC Web Calendar"
5. Click the Finish button at bottom right of the Create Shortcut window.
A new desktop icon should appear where you right-clicked to start the shortcut. Double clicking the icon should open the CCCC Events Grid View calendar for you.